New York City Marathon Canceled Due to Hurricane Sandy

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya celebrates after winning the Men's Division of the 42nd ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Amid a myriad of controversy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 New York City Marathon has been canceled, according to CNBC:

BREAKING: NYC Marathon has been cancelled for Sunday - WNBC's Siff

— CNBC (@CNBC) November 2, 2012


UPDATE: Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed the race's cancellation, citing the "controversy and division," according to Breaking News:

New York Mayor Bloomberg says marathon was becoming 'source of controversy and division ... we have decided to cancel it' - statement

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 2, 2012


---End of Update---

The marathon, which was scheduled for Nov. 4, had come under a firestorm of criticism due to the aftereffects of Sandy. The storm left many in the city without power and over 40 city residents dead, causing mass devastation throughout the city's boroughs—especially in Staten Island.

That left many wondering whether the city's resources would be better spent on other things. According to GlobalGrind's Michael Skolnik, generators used for the race could provide power to 400 homes:

The NYC Marathon's generators could power 400 homes in Staten Island! POSTPONE the NYC Marathon PLEASE RETWEET

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 2, 2012


Nevertheless, there were others who defended the city's initial decision to go through with the race. Those touting the importance of the marathon included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who cited the race's massive economic benefit on Wednesday, per the Washington Post

There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There’s lots of people that have come here. It’s a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you’ve got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind.

When speaking of the economic benefit, Bloomberg was certainly not stretching the truth. According to, the marathon was expected to draw $340 million worth of benefit to New York City alone, some of which would go toward helping the victims. 

In the end, it seems like this came down to a decision between money and good taste.

Whether you agree or disagree with the decision, let's all just hope that the enormous resources necessary to race on Sunday are now going to be used to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.